A pitiful photo of a 6-year-old girl manually using an air pump as an improvised nebulizer to relieve his father’s difficulty to breathe has made rounds on social media. Her dad is suffering from Emphysema, and due to lack of finances, their family could not afford to buy a real nebulizer.
A Daughter’s Love
Have you ever seen something more sincere than the love of a daughter to her father? Even when small girls become adult women and start their own families, nothing changes between fathers and their daughters. Truly, a father-daughter relationship is one of the most beautiful relationships that God has created.
In a heartwarming photo shared by the Facebook user, Ian Carlos Simbuyan, we can clearly see and feel the love of a 6-year-old girl, Catherine, for her father. Diagnosed with Emphysema, her father experiences difficulty in breathing and needs to be regularly given medications using a nebulizer. Emphysema is a long-term, progressive disease of the lungs that primarily causes shortness of breath due to over-inflation of the alveoli (air sacs in the lung).
However, due to extreme poverty, Catherine’s family could not afford to buy a nebulizer for his father. What they use instead is a manual air pump so that he can be given the medications he badly needs for his illness.
Help on the Way
The family’s situation has reached the attention of the local network GMA 7, featuring their heartbreaking story in the documentary show Front Row. Due to the exposure and also with the aid of social media, overwhelming financial support and assistance have poured upon the family of Catherine.
An Inspiration to Many
Many people across the internet were inspired by the love that Catherine has for her father. Despite her young age, she already taught us a valuable lesson about what unconditional love is – a love that is pure and knows no limit. By showing her love for her father, Catherine also reminded us to love our own parents while we still can, while they are still here.
Indeed, life is short, and once you lose a parent, you will realize just how fast time goes by. It’s a sad reality that we don’t get to appreciate our parents for all that they do for us. Just like young Catherine, don’t wait until it is too late to appreciate them.
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